The Moths of Suffolk
1201 Eucosma cana, (Haworth, 1811)

National Status : Common

Local Status : Resident (SMP Status 2)

Distribution and abundance : Widespread and common

Habitats : A wide variety of habitats

Flight Period : Single-brooded; mid-June to mid-August

Larval foodplants : In the flower- and seed-heads of Spear-thistle (Cirsium vulgare), thistles (Carduus) or Black Knapweed (Centaurea nigra)

Morley's Final Catalogue : Common among thistles. Bentley Woods (Pyett); Ipswich, Hollesley, Southwold, Beccles; Tuddenham, Brandon.

Wingspan details : Wingspan 15-23mm

Identification

Confusion species
    AdultPelochrista caecimaculana
Eucosma aspidiscana
Eucosma hohenwartiana
Eucosma parvulana
Eucosma fulvana

Compare confusion species
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Eye, Suffolk (9.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener

Flight chart
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Life history chart
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Further Photographs

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Eye, Suffolk (25.vi.2006) © Paul Kitchener
Lakenheath Fen, Suffolk (3.vii.2009) © A Prichard
Ipswich, Suffolk (22.vi.2014) © Neil Sherman
 
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Dunwich, Suffolk (27.vi.2017) © Paul Kitchener